Blog Tour: A Broken Blade by Melissa Blair

TITLE: A Broken Blade
AUTHOR: Melissa Blair
PUB. DATE: August 2nd, 2022
PUBLISHER: Union Square & Co.
TRIGGER/CONTENT WARNING(S): Sexual assault mentioned, Substance addiction, Suicidal ideation, Self-harm, Murder, Torture, Colonialism

My body is made of scars,

some were done to me,
but most I did to myself.

Keera is a killer. As the King’s Blade, she is the most talented spy in the kingdom. And the king’s favored assassin. When a mysterious figure moves against the Crown, Keera is called upon to hunt down the so-called Shadow.

She tracks her target into the magical lands of the Fae, but Faeland is not what it seems…and neither is the Shadow. Keera is shocked by what she learns, and can’t help but wonder who her enemy truly is: the King that destroyed her people or the Shadow that threatens the peace?

As she searches for answers, Keera is haunted by a promise she made long ago, one that will test her in every way. To keep her word, Keera must not only save herself, but an entire kingdom.


Melissa (she/her/kwe) is an Anishinaabekwe of mixed ancestry living in Turtle Island. She splits her time between Treaty 9 in Northern Ontario and the unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinabeg in Ottawa, Canada. She has a graduate degree in Applied Linguistics and Discourse Studies, loves movies, and hates spoons. Melissa has a BookTok account where she discusses her favorite kinds of books including Indigenous and queer fiction, feminist literature, and non-fiction. A Broken Blade is her first novel.


Up for grabs we have ONE (1) finished copy of A Broken Blade by Melissa Blair. This giveaway will be available from July 25th through August 6th at 11:59 PM CST. Open to US residents only. No giveaway accounts allowed. To enter, click the (link/button) below!


Thank you to Turn the Pages for having me on the tour, if you want to follow along, the rest of the schedule is here.

Before I officially begin my review… 

In late 2021, I was one of those booktokers that saw the videos from an anonymous account. The videos gave readers clues as to the author of the book, which at the time could be purchased through Amazon and listing anonymous as the author. 

“Anonymous” sent PR packages to a few booktokers with clues, telling them to work together to reveal their identity. It was amazing to see so many readers purchasing the book in hopes to find a clue to tell us the author. I was so invested every time I saw a new video from the anonymous account. 

It was later on revealed by the author themselves that Melissa was the anonymous author of A Broken Blade. I hadn’t known of Melissa as the booktoker but I purchased the Anonymous version of the book because not only was a curious but the plot really stuck with me. 

I loved the writing so much, the world building, the details within the story. I was hooked from the beginning of the end and I was curious how it would end too. I love Keera as a character and another aspect I enjoyed was the fast pace of the book, it was such a motivation to continue it. Also, I loved having romance within the story we have and the book ending in such a twist, I truly cannot wait for the next one. 

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